|2013/14 SEASON ROSTER|
Very athletic starting lineup with DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and Jonas Valanciunas ... Gay is a borderline All-Star that will be looking to vindicate himself in Toronto ... Valanciunas has the chance to become an elite center in this league and must build on a nice rookie season ... If he returns to his old form, Kyle Lowry will be an excellent point guard for Toronto ... Amir Johnson and newly acquired Tyler Hansbrough could give the Raptors the mean streak they've often lacked in the past ... Rebounding should be improved ... Nice free-throw shooting team.
Talent level is simply not up there with the top teams in the East ... Gay is the closest thing to a star they have, which sums things up pretty well ... Most of their starters would be backups on top teams in the NBA ...They look average at best on both ends of the floor ... Outside shooting remains an obvious weakness ... Unless Valanciunas makes huge strides this season, there's not a go-to guy in the paint that can open up the floor for the rest of the team ... Backups are unproven or regressing ... Basketball IQ leaves much to be desired.
25 years and 257 days (opening day), 6 foot 7.27 inches, 213 lbs.
WINNING PERCENTAGE (2008-2013):
152-242 (38.5 percent)
3rd in the Atlantic Division / 10th in the Eastern Conference
|PG: Kyle Lowry||SG: DeMar DeRozan||SF: Rudy Gay|
|Tough and aggressive point guard that looked like an All-Star candidate not so long ago. Conditioning has been an issue.||Mid-range game has improved, but he keeps shooting blanks from beyond the arc.||Very athletic and creative scorer. His reputation has taken a hit given Memphis' success without him.|
|PF: Amir Johnson||C: Jonas Valanciunas||Sixth: Tyler Hansbrough|
|Stats don't tell the whole story with him. Sets great picks and Raps are better with him on the floor.||Has all the tools to become one of the top centers in the NBA one day. Still too young.||A warrior that gets it done with physical play. Offensive game is not a thing of beauty.|